Feeding Youth Participants Knowledge and Meals during Summer

From now through August 6, El Centro de la Raza is providing lunch meals and snacks to our After School program participants, made possible by the City of Seattle. We will follow sanitation and social distancing practices while serving food to the currently enrolled participants.

Our After School program operates three classes daily scheduled on a rotating basis that focus on academics and cultural enrichment during the summer. On Mondays and Wednesdays, we have reading and writing; and, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, math and science. Every day, youth participate in the cultural enrichment component.

All After School participants are assigned to a cohort either UW Huskies or WSU Cougars. Participants earn points individually, which are then calculated and applied to the respective team’s totals. Each week, the winning team takes home the virtual spirit staff. By incorporating school spirit into our After School curriculum, we hope to instill confidence in our youth participants that attending college or post-secondary school is attainable.

Abdul*, a rising 6th grader, “I love everything about summer program! It’s my favorite part of the day, especially since we can sleep in. I am part of the Cougars team and getting points is my favorite activity!”

Ana*, a rising 7th grader, said, “My favorite activity has been drawing our own Mayan calendars. I have always seen them but never knew that they have meaning. I hung the one I drew on my Mom’s fridge, and I got to show her what each thing means.”

Roberto*, a rising 8th grader said, “I look forward to the start and end of each day in the program. That’s when we do circle activities, and those make the program so fun. I was mad my Mom signed me up, but I’m having a lot of fun here.”

*Individual’s name was changed to protect their identity.